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Chapter 7. Testing with Rational Quality
Manager
Testing is a key element of software development, and as such it requires careful planning to
ensure a proper allocation of time and resources. Every time you create or modify software,
you need to confirm that what is new works as designed. Since there is never enough time to
cover all possible test scenarios, you also need to exercise due diligence to ensure your test
process is planned, prepared, and executed properly.
You can no longer rely on ad hoc tooling, such as spreadsheets, to govern your testing
activities; you need to have a collaborative environment that helps you communicate
effectively with all testers across various teams while minimizing identified risks by supporting
proper planning.
In this chapter we describe the required steps for testing the sample warranty claim system
using the default test process defined in IBM Rational Quality Manager, which is a component
of the Rational Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) that was described in
Chapter 2, “Customizing the methodology and creating a lifecycle project” on page 7. This
tool is a centralized web test environment that helps you plan, develop, execute, monitor, and
report your test efforts.
In addition, this tool summarizes how you can automate your testing using IBM Rational
Functional Tester. IBM Rational Functional Tester, on the other hand, provides testers with
automated testing capabilities for functional testing, regression testing, GUI testing, and
data-driven testing. Using this tool, testers can automate their test scenarios for Java, web
2.0, SAP, Siebel, terminal-based and Microsoft Visual Studio .Net Windows Forms
applications.
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